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Human Rights

Thoughts on Human Rights

As described in Basic Policies of CSR, the Yamaha Motor Group strives to contribute to the sustainable development of society through our business activities based on our corporate philosophy and to always abide by the letter and spirit of domestic and international laws and regulations. We are dedicated to earning the trust of the global community, and we place great value on communicating with all stakeholders. We recognize that respect for human rights is an issue of vital importance.

In 2017, the Yamaha Motor Group signed on to the UN Global Compact advocated by the United Nations. As a corporate group, we have and will continue to support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, which are cornerstone principles related to human rights and labor in the UN Global Compact.

The Yamaha Motor Group strives to ensure legal compliance in every country and community where the Group companies pursue business activities. But no matter what laws and regulations might prevail, business is conducted with priority given to international agreements and the spirit of the UN Global Compact. In addition, the scope of respect for human rights goes beyond employees of the Yamaha Motor Group to include suppliers and other business partners.

The Yamaha Motor Group maintains the following policies and guidelines related to human rights.

Respect Employees' Human Rights

Basic Policies of CSR

We will provide equal employment opportunities and fair working conditions to employees, recognizing diversity and refraining from discriminatory practices, prohibit child labor and forced labor, and engage employees in honest communication and dialogue.

Code of Ethics

We will forbid derogatory comments against employees on the basis of race, nationality, ideals, principles in life, physical characteristics, personality, relatives, etc., that abuse or deny a person’s character, and harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment.

Respecting Suppliers and Other Business Partners’ Human Rights

Basic Policies of CSR

We will respect our suppliers and business partners and maintain an open door to new business partners around the world to find suppliers, regardless of nationality or size.

Requiring Suppliers and Other Business Partners to Respect Human Rights

CSR Guideline for Suppliers

We ask that our suppliers strive in all aspects of employment to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex and other issues, to refrain from the use of child labor or forced labor, to ensure fair working hours and wages, and to engage employees in dialogue and communication in good faith.

Preamble to Basic Policies of CSR

Suppliers are asked to uphold the Basic Policies of CSR maintained by the Yamaha Motor Group.

Statement on UK Modern Slavery Act

We issued our first statement in July 2017, in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Key Measures and Due Diligence Processes

Our risk management system, which covers all business units and subsidiaries under the Group umbrella, has a human rights-related component addressing associated risk in our own operations and across the supply chain. We monitor, assess and formulate measures to mitigate such risk. In 2017, risk related to human rights was identified at four Group companies. Of the issues that came to light, most had to do with harassment. Compliance training and other approaches were subsequently implemented.

In addition to the use of a risk management system, we conduct a compliance awareness survey at Group companies in Japan to gauge how aware employees are about human rights. The scope of implementation is to be gradually expanded throughout the Group, beginning in 2018. We will establish a reporting line to enable employees to report a problem right away in the event a situation arises, and we intend to set up and operate a whistleblowing system.

Complementing the whistleblowing system, which enables employees to report a situation anonymously should they themselves encounter infringement of human rights, including harassment, or they see or hear of others experiencing violation of human rights, we maintain a Harassment Hotline. In 2017, we opened a Fair Business Hotline as a contact point for suppliers and other business partners to make issues known to us. This hotline deals with comments regarding Yamaha Motor Company and domestic companies under the Group umbrella.

We believe that education is the most vital means to prevent the risk of human rights violations from appearing. We work to raise awareness of human rights by providing an educational program about the Code of Ethics for all employees in the Group. In 2017, we ran compliance training for directors on the theme of human rights in the supply chain.

Note that the Yamaha Motor Group had no reports of human rights violations in 2017.

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